Christian education at TCIS is about “teaching for understanding” rather than “teaching for dogma.” Our students will learn that being a Christian means to follow Christ, rather than fitting into molds and stereotypes. We encourage all our students to explore and learn through the Bible about who Christ was, what he taught, and what He has done for all mankind.
We do not, however, require that students be Christian in order to attend TCIS. We are a rigorous Three Programme IB world school that places great emphasis on critical thinking, respect for other cultures and ideals, and service to others.
Non-denominational Christian Organization
TCIS does not hold affiliation with any particular Christian denomination. Rather than promoting agreement with any specific denominational doctrines or worship liturgy that vary from church to church, we instead find common ground, as a community, in what we feel are the core truths of the Bible. These truths can be found in our statement of faith and they are both the inspiration and the limit of what we share in Christian faith within our community. Our hope is that this helps to create unity, security and transparency within what is very much a unique and diverse educational group of students and stakeholders.
TCIS Statement of Faith
We believe the following as the core of that faith in which we find unity as a diverse Christian community:
- God is the Creator of the world and of humankind.
- Each person is responsible to God for stewardship of the world and of human life.
- All people have separated themselves from God through sin and this separation can only be healed through the reconciling work of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
- The possibility of pleasing God depends upon each person’s acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior, and upon receiving and being obedient to the indwelling Spirit of God.
- The full revelation of God’s will to humanity is found in the sixty-six books of the Bible.
As a Christian school, we DO NOT expect:
- We do not expect that our applying students need to profess the Christian faith as their own.
- We do not expect that our current students have to make a decision to "be Christian" during their time at TCIS.
- We do not expect for students of other faiths to engage in acts of Christian worship, in those community times when Christian observances are held.
As a Christian school, we DO expect:
- We do expect that students be respectful of all people in the community and their beliefs.
- We do expect that students attend community events and are respectful during times that recognize Christian observances.
- We do expect all members of the community should actively contribute to the overall atmosphere of peace, unity and acceptance.
As a Christian school, we HOPE:
- We hope that all students would feel loved and accepted in our school, and that they would feel comfortable being part of the community.
- We hope that students who do not previously know of God's love would come to know of it and follow Jesus in a life of faith.
- We hope that all members in our community would be an encouragement to each other to explore and grow in faith.
- We hope that all members in our community would be encouraged to live selflessly and that they would learn to serve others.
If a student feels called to embrace the Christian faith, we ask that they respond in their own way to become a Christ follower. We do not want them to follow Christ to please their teacher, their school leaders, their parents, or their peers, but to become a follower because they believe in Him and are personally ready to do so. Academic preference is never given or withheld on the basis of professed faith or religious practice.